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Fraser in share of clubhouse lead

Crans Montana, September 10: Australian Marcus Fraser battled against tough conditions at the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club to sign for a third round four-under-par 66, grabbing a share of the clubhouse lead at the weather-disrupted Omega European Masters on Saturday.
 
Fraser, a two-time Asian Tour winner, marked his card with one eagle and four birdies against two bogeys to match the efforts of South African Dean Burmester (68) and Lucas Bjerregaard (67) of Denmark on eight-under-par 202 total at the rain-swept course.
 
Play was first suspended at 2.36pm local time due to fog before resuming two and a half hours later. It was later abandoned for the day at 7.25pm due to fading light.
 
Overnight leader Scott Hend fought through brutal conditions in the afternoon with two birdies against four bogeys in 13 holes to stay atop the leaderboard on 11-under-par before play was called off for the day at the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club.
 
The 44-year-old Hend, who had held the lead for the last two rounds, will be among the 12 players to resume their rounds at 8.00am on Sunday. The fourth and final round is scheduled to start at 9.55am.
 
England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick was one-under-par through 15 while Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay and Darren Fichardt of South African were even-par and three-over respectively through 13 holes. The trio lurks two shots back of Hend.
 
The Swiss showpiece, which offers a prize purse of €2.7 million (approximately US$3.25 million), is the only tournament on European soil to be co-sanctioned by the Asian and European Tours.
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